Big Ten Football Championship Game - Youth Programs

Big Ten Football Youth Officials Clinic

Indiana Sports Corp in partnership with the Big Ten Football Championship Game is bringing a free opportunity to become a youth football official for those 14 years or older. As part of the program, Indiana Sports Corp will host three different football officials' training sessions, with the first taking place in person during the Big Ten Football Championship Game weekend on Friday, December 1. The second training session will be held virtually in April, and the final session will take place in person in June of 2024. In June, all participants will be officially certified after passing an online test.


USA Football FUNdamental Youth Clinics

The USA Football FUNdamental Youth Clinics will take place on Dr. Pepper Field inside Fan Fest at 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:30 AM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM on Saturday, December 2. 

No pre-registration is required, and participants will receive a t-shirt.

Big Ten Football Educational Initiative 

As part of its mission, Indiana Sports Corp, the Big Ten Conference, and the College Football Playoff Foundation want to honor and support innovative teaching and learning by funding educational initiatives in the state of Indiana. 

The Indiana Sports Corp Grants Committee will select 10 teachers, with the goal of recognizing 10 different schools in the state of Indiana. Each of the teachers (kindergarten through eighth grade) will be awarded a grant up to $4,000 to assist them with educational projects. The 10 teachers will attend and be recognized at the Big Ten Football Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 Eligible applicants are current licensed teachers in the following content areas:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Library
  • English
  • Music/Performing Arts
  • Art
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Specials
  • History/Social studies
  • Foreign language

The Grant Committee uses a combination of objective and subjective criteria when evaluating grant applications. Applications that clearly meet criteria will generally be viewed more favorably during evaluation. 

If you received this grant in 2022, you are not eligible in 2023.


Due: November 8

Big Ten Football Junior Journalism Program 

The 2023 Big Ten Football Championship Game is more than just a game. We invite middle school students to apply for the Inspiring Sports Junior Journalism Program. The workshop will teach middle school-age girls and boys the roles and responsibilities of journalists.

Junior Journalism is a program for girls and boys in 5th through 8th grade. The Big Ten Football Championship Game Local Organizing Committee will select 15 students to participate. Each student will be paired with one Big Ten University. Students are required to write an article featuring the assigned University's football team, which includes conducting research, interviews, and any necessary work to complete the article.

In addition to the articles, all participants will participate in an in-person workshop on Friday, December 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium, the day before the Championship Game. All participants will be credentialed by the Big Ten, get the chance to tour Lucas Oil Stadium, and receive two tickets to attend the Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, December 2. 


Due: September 22

Big Ten Coloring Contest

Indiana Sports Corp in partnership with the Big Ten Football Championship Game, wants you to show off your creative skills by coloring in the sheet below for Big Ten Football Coloring Contest.

The coloring contest is open to those 18 and younger. You can share your work on social media by tagging Indiana Sports Corp and use the hashtag #B1GColor.

Download Coloring Page